Unifi Opens New Bottle Processing Plant, Creats 90 Jobs

Unifi Opens New Bottle Processing Plant

REIDSVILLE, NC -- So you recycle your water bottle, but where does it go after it leaves your hands?

Across the east coast, a Triad company, Repreve, takes the bottle out of your hands, and does the dirty work. 

Unifi Inc, which is a part of Repreve, opened the new 'state-of-the-art' facility in Reidsville, Wednesday. The Repreve Bottle Processing Center will sort, clean and chop recycled plastic bottles. 

At this center, plastic bottles will be chopped into small pieces called flake. The flake will then be turned into yarn and other products.

At one point, Unifi was the biggest employer in Rockingham County. This technology allows Unifi to expand in the state where the business is based.
"I had the good fortune in the 90s to build these plants and expand this business and buy new technology. I also had the misfortune of having to shut them down and lay off people which was one of the worst experiences of my life. And to be in the position we are today, investing capital, creating new opportunities is a tremendous attribute to the communities we reside in and to Unifi itself," said Tom Caudle, President, Unifi.

Unifi outfitted an existing building to create this plant, thanks in part to a $500,000 from the Rural Infrastructure Authority. While fixing the facility, Unifi employed local contractors.

Each year, an estimated 2.5 billion bottles will be transformed into flake. That will then be shipped to another plant where it will be turned into yarn and other products.

About half of the 90 employees have already been hired and Unifi expects to hire the rest in the coming weeks.
Eventually the plant will be running 24-7 and will have the capability of making 200,000 pounds of the flake material per day. 
Patagonia, Nike and Ford are all customers of Repreve.

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